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Alabama’s first coronavirus case identified as Maxwell Air Force Base worker

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A civilian worker at Maxwell Air Force Base has tested positive for the novel coronavirus, becoming the state’s first confirmed case to date.

The person returned home from traveling in Illinois, according to a press release from the base on Friday. The person is being treated and monitored by “off-base medical agencies.”

“The civilian employee is the first confirmed case in the state of Alabama,” said Col. Patrick Carley, 42nd Air Base Wing commander in a statement. “The individual is being evaluated and treated by health care professionals. The continued safety of our community is of upmost importance. We are working with our base medical staff and other off base health care agencies to ensure we mitigate the effects of COVID-19 in accordance with established CDC and DOD guidelines.”

State Public Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris in a press conference Friday announced that a person living in Montgomery County had tested positive Friday morning. Harris didn’t provide more identifying information on the person, but said the person has “chronic health problems.”

 

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Eddie Burkhalter is a reporter at the Alabama Political Reporter. You can email him at [email protected] or reach him via Twitter.

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